Mundelein High School’s 2017 yearbook, Obelisk, recently won three awards from a state-wide competition run by the Illinois Journalism Education Association [IJEA] with 60 schools participating.
The staff took third place in copy writing. In this category, judges considered feature articles, leads, quotes and how “clean” the copy was written.
The Obelisk received an Honorable Mention in the photography category, considered to be one of the most competitive categories in the competition. The judges reported that the best books were diverse in covering the whole of their school and the full and various sub-groups that make up the schools.
The yearbook earned another Honorable Mention in the Coverage of the Year category. The judges said the best books provided a feel for what it is like to be a student or staff member at the school. It also showed both in pictures and in stories those students and staffers in action.
“Within our division, we were up against some very stiff competition with schools that have large journalism programs and who enter competitions frequently,” said Michelle Didzbalis, Obelisk advisor. “This was our first ever and we walked away with three awards!,” she said.